Samsung Galaxy S4 is among the most popular smartphones in Samsung’s S series of devices. Originally released by Samsung in 2013, the phone is about to turn four this year. However, it continues to be one of the most popular devices in the S series and was a defining smartphone for Samsung. Over the years, hundreds of millions of users have used this phone. After years of usage, there are bound to be some issues. One of the most common problems that users face is that their Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t turn on.

There could be a number of reasons why the Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t turn on. Let us now take a look at some of the most common reasons and the solutions to turn the phone back on!

Why The Samsung Galaxy S4 Won’t Turn On?

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most reliable Samsung smartphones. However there is no denial in the fact that it is old. 4 years is quite long in smartphone years, and a drastic change comes to technologies. Back then it was perhaps not even thought of that there would be phones running on 6GB RAM while they are getting common now. The S4 came out in early 2013 – and one of the biggest reasons of the phone not working could simply be wear and tear of the device over time.

In addition to that, other possible suspicions are botched updates, which lead to the phone being ‘bricked’ (unusable). It could perhaps be the battery of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that has seen 4 years and has died now, or it could be a fault in the power supply or the power button. Let us now take a look at how to resolve this problem:

Solutions: Why the Galaxy S4 won’t turn on?

We’ve mentioned the possible reasons which would stop your Galaxy S4 from turning on, Having a smartphone which doesn’t turn on could be annoying. In case you own a Samsung Galaxy S4 which isn’t turning on then, here is the list of solutions which you shall implement to turn on your device.

The below-mentioned solutions have been personally tested by users and people who work at Droidmen, but there are chances that it might not work for you, in case any of them doesn’t work for you, feel free to contact us at We will try our level best to solve your problem.

Perform a Soft Reset

One of the simplest and effective ways to try to turn your malfunctioning Samsung Galaxy S4 on again is via performing a soft reset on the phone. This can be achieved via removing the battery and placing it back inside. It is advisable to remove the battery and then press and hold the power button for a few seconds, to drain out any remaining electricity stored in capacitors/other components. Following that, place the battery and switch on the phone. In many cases, this is the solution to turn your S4 back on again!

Charge your Galaxy S4

Another probable and a very common reason could be battery drainage. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t turn on, try to charge the battery of the phone for half an hour. In some cases, especially with older smartphones, the battery tends to drain out quickly and charge slowly. Give it some time to charge and come back and check. We call it the cuppa-coffee method. Plug your phone into charging, make yourself a hot cup of coffee and stand in front of the window, and sip it away. After you’re done drinking it, go back and check. In many cases, this is the solution.

Usually, the red LED on the phone glows when your phone is charging. However, there are times when the battery is so drained out that it takes a while for the LED to glow. Also, touch the phone after a while to see if it is heating up. In case it is, unplug it immediately and take it to a technician.

Boot Your Galaxy S4 into Safe Mode, if you think third-party apps are stopping your Samsung Galaxy S4 from turning on.

Booting the phone on in safe mode turns off all the third-party apps installed on the phone. While that is not our objective here, we are trying to see if your Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t turn on in regular mode or in other modes too. Here’s how to boot your Samsung Galaxy S4 into safe mode:

  • Press and hold the power button
  • After the Samsung logo appears, release the power key and press and hold the volume down button.
  • Keep holding the key till the phone has completed the reboot.
  • If it has successfully booted up in safe mode, you would see ‘safe mode’ written on the bottom right corner of the screen.

Boot Your Samsung Galaxy S4 into Recovery Mode and Apply Below Fixes to be able to Boot Your Samsung Galaxy S4

If none of the above solutions work, and your Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t turn on, you can now try this fourth method – booting the phone in recovery mode and performing a factory reset. Note that doing this will result in loss of all data stored locally on the phone. Here’s how to boot into recovery mode:

  • Remove the battery of your Samsung Galaxy S4 and place it back in.
  • Press the following buttons at once: Volume Up + Home + Power.
  • You will notice the phone slightly vibrating. When the phone vibrates, let go of the power button, and continue holding Volume Up + Home.
  • Then the Android Recovery Screen will appear. This is when you let go of all buttons.
  • Use the volume down key to navigate, and select the ‘Wipe Data/Factory Reset’ Button.
  • Select it using the power button.
  • Factory reset will now begin.
  • After it is done, choose ‘reboot system now’
  • Press the power button again to restart the phone.

These solutions should ideally solve the problem of your Samsung Galaxy S4 not turning on. In case the problem persists, take your phone to a technician.